Current Lab Members

Sahil Bharwani



I am a graduate research assistant  and a recent graduate from the Masters of Medical Science program at USF. I have also completed a BA in Biology and Psychology, and a Master of Public Health from CWRU in Ohio. I am currently assisting in preparation of manuscripts and presentations, writing grants, mentoring others in the lab, and coordinating rodent behavioral studies. I enjoy photography, meditation, swimming, reading, cooking, and martial arts.

Raquel Sanford



I graduated from the University of South Florida Honors College with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences. I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Medical Sciences at USF as well. I assist with the cell cultures and experiments that we do in the lab. If I ever have free time, I spend it outside with my dogs, and I’m a huge fan of the Bolts, so you could also find me at the hockey games.

Moriah Bernhart


Anand Rashi

Anand Rashi

I am a recent graduate from the University of South Florida, with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences and a B.A. in Music Studies. I am currently assisting in cell culture studies alongside preparation for presentations. In my free time, I play music and go rock climbing. 

Previous Lab Members

Adam Albadawi



I attended USF for my bachelors in Biomedical Science and the Morsani College of medicine for my Masters in Medical Sciences. My roles in the lab involved assisting with the iCorps program that we participated in with Dr. Ari. While in the lab I gained experience working with cell cultures, imaging  and assisting my principle investigator in various side projects. I have a strong desire to help others and enjoy traveling to provide aid to underserved populations on medical mission trips. Additionally, I founded a non-profit organization in Florida to address the Opioid Epidemic and in my free time enjoy hiking, biking, and running.

John Vallas



I was a Graduate Research Assistant at USF in the Department of Psychology under Dr. Csilla Ari D’Agostino. I received my Bachelor of Science with honors in psychology and biology from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and my Master of Science in Medical Sciences from the University of South Florida in Tampa. My role in the lab primarily focused around manuscript preparation, as well as cell culture work. In my free time I like to produce music, kayak, and trave

Monique Zippert



I was a research assistant with Csilla Ari D’Agostino. I got my Masters Medical Science at the University of South Florida in 2017. My role in the lab was to maintain cell cultures, perform immunofluorescence reactions and confocal imaging on cancer cells and primary cortical neurons to test cell surface receptors and transporters when exposed to different concentrations of exogenous ketones. In my free time I like to paint, camp, and watch Netflix.

Anthony Fuentes

I am currently pursuing a dual degree in Cell & Molecular Biology and Psychology with my sights on becoming a physician in the armed forces. My role was as an undergraduate in Dr. Ari D’Agostino’s lab was to assist with analysis of the data. I learned different techniques and procedures required to begin working on the cell cultures and animal behavioral studies. In my free time, I like to go boating, fishing, and play soccer with my old teammates.

Collin Park, Ph.D.


I have a BS in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, and a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Washington. Currently I am working on the cell culture arm of the research projects. I also do research in the Dept. of Psychology on effects of stress on memory, and when I remember to I get out on the beach to play volleyball.